Irma Gaskins Avant, 93

Parrott, Irma










Irma Gaskins Avant, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 14,
2015. She was a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and had been a
resident of Jacksonville, Florida for 58 years. Irma was a loving and
caring mother who was devoted to her family. She loved gardening and lived
independently all her life. Irma was the daughter of the late Lawrence
Jackson Gaskins, Sr. and Mattie Odene Hanna. She was preceded in death by
her husband, James Laurie Avant, Sr.; son, James Laurie Avant, Jr.;
daughter-in-law, Johnnie Ann Avant; granddaughter, JoEllen Bacmeister;
sisters, Elma Tanner, and Vera Littlefield; brothers, L.J. Gaskins, Jr.,
Charles B. Ard, and Joseph Giamalva. Survivors include her son, James
Warren Avant, Sr.; daughters, Margaret Wiltse (Blaine), Carol Gilbert
(Robert), and Pat Danio (William); 11 grandchildren, 24 great
grandchildren; 9 great, great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and
friends. Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 16 at
11am at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 North Main Street, 32206, with her
grandson, Rev. Jay Avant officiating. Arrangements are under the direction
of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 714-1110.